Good360
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD

Seventy Percent of SME Sector Moving on Sustainability


Thursday, 12th November 2009 at 2:01 pm
Staff Reporter
The AFS SME Sustainability Index - a business owners survey on sustainability and the environment- has found that 70% of Australia's small to medium enterprises are investigating sustainability activities.

Thursday, 12th November 2009
at 2:01 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Seventy Percent of SME Sector Moving on Sustainability
Thursday, 12th November 2009 at 2:01 pm

The survey represents a sample of 800 business sector decision makers across 14 industries.

 

When asked what challenges were the major concerns for their business, three core sustainability issues made the list: energy efficiency (40%), managing waste (33%) and reducing emissions (25%). Interestingly, the ability to access credit (27%) was less of a concern that waste and energy.

 

The survey also found that a ‘sustainable’ company image helps to recruit the best talent. One in four organisations nationally (26%) found that a sustainable image helps to recruit the best employee talent. Finding talent ranks as one of the top priorities for SMEs.

 

The survey says that this corresponds with international experience of organisations that develop a reputation for sustainability can attract the best recruits.

 

The survey found that there was some confusion around the term ‘environmentally friendly’ and its association with sustainability.

 

When asked if they believe their business is environmentally friendly, some 72% indicated that they are – but asked about the sustainability activities they are undertaking, less than 15% were undertaking a threshold level of the relevant activities that are of a sustainable nature to be considered environmentally friendly.

 

For more information go to: www.afs-smart.com.au/afss.htm

 




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Tags : Sustainability,

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Sustainable seafood on the menu at Australia’s top restaurants

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 18th April 2019 at 5:01 pm

Do people really care about ethical fashion?

Wendy Williams

Thursday, 18th April 2019 at 8:26 am

Why being sustainable isn’t just about the environment

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 1st April 2019 at 8:39 am

Big Australian finance players sign on to fight climate change

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 27th March 2019 at 5:01 pm

POPULAR

Morrison vows to prioritise NDIS following election win

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th May 2019 at 4:05 pm

Guide dogs business venture set to shake up traditional charity model

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 13th May 2019 at 4:11 pm

Australia set to face UN scrutiny over disability rights

Luke Michael

Friday, 17th May 2019 at 4:45 pm

Destiny Rescue
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!